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Old 02-28-2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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Joey - did you find any particular helpful websites or just google it?
I googled it, over and over and over again LOL. I mean there's discussions all over the web plus informative articles. Unless you get a structural engineer in there to look at your building, you'll probably never know. It depends on the placement of the tank on the beams, if it's by a wall instead of middle of the floor, if the stand distributes properly (full stands are better than 4 legged stands), etc.

Also, if your building was built 50 years ago, as opposed to 10 years ago, you're probably better off. I know it sounds weird because you would think its old, but they don't make things like they used to haha! My building is 80 years old and built like a fortress!!
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:07 PM   #12
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Thanks for the replies! Yea I think I'm safe in my current situation because it's position in the corner by 2 load bearing walls. But when I look for a new place I am going to try to get on the first floor!

And yea things built 50 years ago is totally better quality, with the exception of the 70's and especially 80's. Buildings during those periods are notorious for poor quality.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:13 PM   #13
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The tank is not gonna fall through the floor. I mean of you add a 1,000 gallon tank then maybe. Keep the tank along the wall preferably a load bearing wall that will ensure the added safety. You wouldn't put it in the middle of the room( the weakest part)

Anyway here's a good read.

http://www.african-cichlid.com/Structure.htm
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:24 PM   #14
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The tank is not gonna fall through the floor. I mean of you add a 1,000 gallon tank then maybe. Keep the tank along the wall preferably a load bearing wall that will ensure the added safety. You wouldn't put it in the middle of the room( the weakest part)

Anyway here's a good read.

http://www.african-cichlid.com/Structure.htm
GAHHH! I just read that and was JUST about to post it! Haha beat me to it, it is an amazing read. I recommend reading the whole thing, as an engineer I enjoyed it, some might get bored

But there is a summary at the end which should make most people feel safe.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:53 AM   #15
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my anxiety just went up because of this thread..then over thinking what would happen with my 55G in my room..thanks alot everybody haha.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:11 AM   #16
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GAHHH! I just read that and was JUST about to post it! Haha beat me to it, it is an amazing read. I recommend reading the whole thing, as an engineer I enjoyed it, some might get bored

But there is a summary at the end which should make most people feel safe.
Haha I'm fast lol. I found it very interesting as well and as a fire chief found it very educational. And like you said if they read the whole thing it might put there minds at ease.
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i tell you what is the best thing stop building your flats out of straw and wood and build them out of brick and concrete like here in england my mates got 180g tank on 10th floor im going for 150g on 1st floor remember 3 little pigs story
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i tell you what is the best thing stop building your flats out of straw and wood and build them out of brick and concrete like here in england my mates got 180g tank on 10th floor im going for 150g on 1st floor remember 3 little pigs story
You do know that most of the homes here (England) also have wooden floors on the first floor up and some have them on the ground floor
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I know my tanks won't fall through the floor, however everytime I walk by one of them I hear a very ominous creaking sound.... I don't know if it's the floor creaking or the wooden stand the tank is on!
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not floor but my turtle tank started to break my stand.... replaced it before it totally collapsed
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